5 things to know for your Thursday in Indiana

Elkhart mayor orders more watering to reduce dust from Prairie Street demolition site, local veterans say Indiana’s VA system waits are inconvenient but not life-threatening, and three other stories to start your day.

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 11:34 p.m.

Elkhart mayor orders more watering to reduce dust at Prairie Street demolition site

Elkhart mayor Dick Moore called for the firm tearing down several buildings on Prairie Street on Wednesday, June 4, to increase watering to prevent wafting dust caused by the demolition. The city won’t charge the firm for the amount of water used. LaCasa Inc. organizer Jason Moreno approached the mayor Wednesday, June 4, relaying neighbors’ concerns about the dust. An Elkhart County Health Department expert warned Tuesday, June 3, that there may be lead in the dust which may cause health complications if ingested. The Prairie Street demolition is expected to last until mid-June.

Local veterans say Indiana VA system waits are inconvenient, not life-or-death

Veterans in Elkhart County said that the process of seeking treatment through Indiana’s VA system may be inconvenient, but the wait is not life threatening. However, dealing with the bureaucracy and setting up a doctor’s appointment takes time and patience. The lack of specialists in the area also means that veterans have to travel a lot, which means more expenses for the VA as the agency pays for the travel costs. VA secretary Eric Shinseki resigned last week amid criticism over the delays in veterans getting medical treatment.

Elkhart County chosen to apply for pre-k pilot program funding

The Indiana State Board of Education invited Elkhart County to apply for a grant through the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) which helps poor preschool students pay for school. The board announced Wednesday, June 4, that Elkhart County is one of 18 areas being considered to receive federal funding for pre-k programs. Kosciusko and St. Joseph counties are also being considered.

Pence: $9 million in grants to help Indiana schools improve safety

Gov. Mike Pence announced that more than 250 Indiana schools and school corporations will receive $9 million in grants to improve safety. Seven Elkhart County school corporations will receive as much as $50,000 as part of the Secured School Safety Grant program to conduct threat assessments, purchase equipment that restricts access to school or notifies first responders more efficiently, and employ school resource officers.

'Cameron's Law' would make passing STD to child molestation victim a separate crime

A Mishawaka grandmother is petitioning for a law to make passing a sexually-transmitted disease (STD) to a child molestation victim a separate crime. The woman’s grandson contracted herpes after a family friend molested him in late 2010 and early 2011. He was five years old at the time. She is petitioning for such a law to be passed during the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly.

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